Misdemeanor Diversion Program

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North Carolina is the only state to prosecute all 16 and 17 year olds charged with criminal offenses in the adult criminal system. These criminal records can have severe collateral consequences, especially for youth of color, while also having a grave fiscal impact on individuals, families and communities. 

On January 1, 2014, the Durham County MDP changed how 16-and-17 year-old first-time, non-violent offenders committing misdemeanors are processed. In lieu of formal court processing, an incident report (IR) program has been initiated and eligible youth are referred by law enforcement to MDP.  Following intake, youth are required to attend a Diversion Court session and referred to a community diversion program based on individual needs and reason for referral.  If the youth does not comply or complete the assigned MDP program within 90 daysl, the referring officer will be notified and can opt to move forward in criminal court for prosecution.  If the youth successfully completes Diversion Court and the community diversion program, the youth is released from MDP and the IR is closed out with youth having no record or adult criminal history.


Community Resources 

Southern Coalition

You & Five-O

Campaign for Youth Justice


In the News2

Restorative Justice has begun the healing, 4/5/2018 

Second Chance: NC Judges  Fight to Keep Kids Out of Adult Criminal System, 3/24/2017

Yo, bro, What'd you do, 3/14/2016

Jasmine, 3/30/2014

Durham MDP, 4/27/2015

   Youth Picture

Due to the success of MDP for 16-17 year olds, in October 2015, Durham City and County Leaders added a MDP program for 18-21 year olds (Adult MDP). The Adult MDP program has the same goals, eligibility and program requirements as the original juvenile diversion program.

Since 2014, the MDP program has served 507 youth in its first 4 1/2 years.


For more information, please contact

Kelly Andrews, Program Coordinator


Phone: 919-560-8292

Fax: 919-560-0504

326 E Main St, Durham, NC, 27701